Friday, March 03, 2006

The Value of Reading Comments

For those of you who don't pay attention when Nolo makes suggestions, and you know who you are, all I have to say to you is you're welcome. Because I have done the job for you, and it has borne the juicy fruit of this article on Scientology. It's even weirder than you think. I won't lie and say this is crucial journalism, but if you're looking for someone to do your asshat-crazy dark cave of parareligion spelunking for you, you really couldn't ask for a better volunteer than Rolling Stone's Janet Reitman. A sample paragraph, chosen entirely at random:

I spend a lot of time talking about the question of apostasy with Rinder and Davis. Both feel the church has been miscast. "Somewhere there is a concept that we hold strings over all these people and control them," says Rinder. But provided you don't denounce Scientology, it's perfectly fine to leave the church, he says. "Whatever. What's true for you is true for you." Nothing will happen to those who lose their faith, he says, unless they "tell bald-faced lies to malign and libel the organization -- unless they make it seem like something it isn't."

See how good (and crazy) that randomly chosen paragraph was? Imagine a whole article like that. About Scientology.


Anonymous MikeSwanson said...

I have a scientological graph on my refrigerator entitled "Descriptive Graph of Survival" subtitled "Potential Immortality-Ultimate Pleasure." The Graph's X axis is labled "Potential," the y axis labelled "Time." There is a line starting high in zone 3 of the 4 zoned "Potential" axis which crashes after a completely arbitrary amount of time, in the middle of the y axis. This line is labelled "Individual's Survival." Midway through this line a dotted line springs up and follows a similar course. This in turn has a different line springing from it, going farther up in potential (almost in arbitrary zone 3!) than the first line. These two lines are labelled "His Children" and "Their Children" respectively.

I took the pains to describe this graph in detail because it is the only illustration in "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health" by Ronald Hubbard. Also to pose a question to readers of this blog: What the hell does it mean?!

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